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Chicago society interested in the Artists' Guild had awakened to the needs of an arts club, where painters and sculptors, connois- seurs and patrons could meet on a common ground. And beside the long established Chi- cago Society of Artists there was rising an- other company of younger painters pi the lei- sure class, traveled and cultured and in sym- pathy with the more radical phase of art. There is also an increasing number of collec- tors of antiquities and patrons of the arts, larger in fact than the average citizen dreams of, and with these a growing society of those who take pleasure in meeting others interested in various avenues of artistic expression. Here then were all the elements to start an arts club on a prosperous career, and the beginning be- ing made, the future is most encouraging. As becomes its importance, the Arts Club chose its home on Michigan avenue. Numer- ous members being associated with the Artists' 128 THE ARTS CLUB OF CHICAGO PORTRAIT OF MRS. D. By Anna Lee Stacey — Courtesy The Arts Cluh of Chicago BISHOP SUMNER By Harriet Blackstone — Courtesy The Arts Cluh of Chicago Guild in a professional way or as pa- trons, that organization united with it to take charge of its exhibitions and thereby it was possible to secure valu- able space, with a private entrance from the street, and an elevator service of its own, in the annex of the Fine Arts Build- ing in the heart of artistic activities down town. On the street are the show roorns of the Artists' Guild exhibiting what painters, sculptors and craftsmen of the section are doing, above is the picture gallery, and the Arts Club members take their elevator to the 'fifth floor given over entirely to their uses. Few who attended the exhibition of paintings by John Singer Sargent and Henry Golden Dearth that celebrated the opening of the club rooms, will forget the charm of the decorations and the atmosphere created by the color scheme and tasteful arrangement of furnishings. The tones of the' walls, the design of tap- estries and simple furniture, the fabric hung before the windows to exclude the glare of light from Lake Michigan, all united in a pleasant effect. The room with its great windows facing the ave- nue is really the Arts Club Lounge^ back of it is the tea room reminding one of a quaint out-of-doors cafe abroad, and, accessible by means of the corridor and a small door, are the two galleries, just large enough to hang a reasonably sized collection, with more wall space in the corridor should an overflow demand it. At its opening nearly 300 men and women had paid Arts Club dues from May, 1917, for the following year. The practical ideas which engaged the build- ing, furnished the rooms and put exhibi- tions under way at once, met the require- ments of common sense asked by the business men interested. No strict by- laws bound them to one line of conduct. Whatever fixed policy is finally to be printed must first be worked out to suit the democracy of the organization. The value of the Artists* Guild was recog- nized, yet the Artists' Guild had rules of THE ARTS CLUB OF CHICAGO 129 its own, hence it was decided . to make an agreement whereby the Guild and Arts Club could work in unity, one help the other and yet be independent of each other. The Artists' Guild had its office force for cataloging, shipping and hanging exhibitions. It understood practical business procedure. Therefore it was asked to conduct the exhibitions of the Arts Club, and Mr. Ericson and his staff of custodians from the Guild ap- pointed to the responsibility. Dur- ing the preceding year, the Guild had about 200 active artist mem- bers and had doubled its business. These members were invited to joint the Arts Club without initia- tion fee, the annual club dues giv- ing them all the privileges of the association upstairs. On the other hand, members of the Arts Club were admitted to the privileges of the Guild without more expense, an amicable arrangement workhig for good in both societies. Artists en- joy the companionship of amateurs and social friends in the Arts Club, and non-professional members of the latter feel a loyalty to the Guild, its workers and its fine arts shop, and help to promote its business success. In the short period of its career a series of attractive collections, and social events with distinguished guests, have kept the Arts Club be- fore the public and drawn members to its ranks. Among the founders are women members of the Antiquarians at the Art Institute, and private collectors whose acquisitions are better known in New York, Paris and London than in Chicago. It is due to these that rare bits of old Chinese porce- lains, Persian paintings, and valu- able pieces of bric-a-brac are shown from time to time. Too much can- i 1K^ PEACE By Lucie Harirath — Courtesy The Arts Club of Chicago CHATEAU GAILLARD By Charles Francis Browne WINTER,— CALUMET, MICHIGAN By Josephine L. Reichmann 130 THE ARTS CLUB OF CHICAGO OZARK ZEPHYRS (Awarded Englewood Prize, Art InstiUite, 1915) By Carl R. Krafft — Courtesy The Arts Chib of Chicago not be said of the generosity of Mrs. Chauncey J. Blair, who loaned her Persian collection and whose Chinese paintings and drawings are now on exhibition in the Lounge of the Arts Club. Following the paintings of Mr. Sargent and Mr. Dearth, both loan collections, came a startling modern exhibit of figure paintings and various subjects by Mr. Henri, Mr. Sloan and Mr. Bellows. At the same time, dry points with color done by Miss Mary Cassatt were hung in the corridor of the Arts Club, where later the Chicago Society of Miniature Painters held its successful exhibition closed in January. . The Chicago Society of Minia- ture Painters, many of whose mem- bers belong to the Arts Club, in- vited some eastern exhibitors to the best show it had given in its history. The Arts Club prize was won by Miss Anna Lynch by popu- lar vote. Rarely has a show of eighty-eight miniatures exhibited better'woirk or more beautiful sub- jects and the Other painters repre- sented were Carolyn Tyler, Kather- ine Walcott, Margaret Kendall, Alice E. Ludovici, Bertha Perrie, Lucy M. Stanton, Margaretta Archambault, Rosina C. Boardman, the willows Kate Bacon Bond, Mary Hess Buehr, Berta Carew, Eda Nemoeda Casterton, Allen S. Howland, Magda Pleuermann, Marian Dun- lap Harper, Hariette Draper Gale, Bernice Fernow, Ethel Coe, Plelen W. Durkee, Bertha Coolidge, Eliza- beth F. Washington, Emily Dray- ton Taylor, Eva Springer, Edith Sawyer, Edna A. Robeson, Kather- ine Mclntire, Nicolas S. Macsoud and Evelyn Purdie. The professional members of the Arts Club made their first public appearance in an exhibition in mid- December. Painters and sculptors, the former in the majority, seventy in all, exhibited as many works of art. To give zest to the event, a popular vote was asked to award the prize of $ioo to the best work and a second prize of $50 for the next counting of votes in order. A portrait, Mile. Delanoir, by Cecil Clark Davis, was fortunate in receiving the larger number of ballots and the first prize, and ''Polly," by Abram Poole, had the next choice and second prize. The size of the galleries excluded very large canvases, hence there was a great va- riety of companionable little pictures. Among the portraits should be named that of a child (loaned by Mrs. Blair) painted in pastel by Virginia Keep Clark. ''Andrew McLeish," By Frank V. Dudley THE ARTS CLUB OF CHICAGO 131 by Harriet Blackstone, was the best por- trait of a man ; a dignified "Portrait" of a woman was contributed by the presi- dent of the Arts Club, Grace Farwell McGann, and there was a clever "Sissy" by Anita Willetts Burnham, a full length picture of a young woman, "Jeannette," by Frank A. Werner ; 'The Black Hat," by Paul Bartlett; "The Blue Coat," by Joseph P. Birren; portrait of Florence, by Minna Hoskins ; "A Thoughtful Mo- ment," by Clara J. Kretzinger; "Louise," by Florence I. Schoenfeld; "A Morning Caller" (a most delightful picture of a child), by Mrs. Anna L. Stacey; a por- trait of E. S., by Edna Sterchi, and a graceful miniature sketch, Miss Ruth St. Denis, by Carolyn D. Tyler. In view of the facts that the big autumn show at the Art Institute was just over, that the Artists' Guild was opening a Christ- mas exhibition, that the Chicago Society of Artists was to come and eastern ex- hibitors were making demands, it was interesting to find so intimate a gathering of works. Echoes of the summer could be traced in certain qualities, such as the sunlight and radiance to be found in the brilliant canvas "Sunshine," by Pauline Palmer, and "The Crowded Shore," by Beatrice Levy, who had been at Provincetown. Edward B. Butler's "Restful Day" lived up to its title in the feeling of repose. "Lily Lake," by Wal- lace L. De Wolf, is a veritable color poem and reminiscent of the painting regions not far to the north of Chicago. The romantic region of Ephraim on Green Bay was the inspiration of John F. Stacey's characteristic glimpse of shore and the waters, and from Edgar S. Cameron came a marine as fascinating as if from Italy itself but "Ephraim Bay," "The Glow of Sunset Skies" from Arcadia in the Ozarks is one of the excellent summer can- vases painted by Carl Krafft in that painter's paradise. Then from the southwest are "The Indian Madonna," a most effective figure painting, by Walter Ufer; "The Purple Prince," by Victor Higgins, and "liermit Mountain, New Mexico," by Royal Hill Mille- PORTRAIT OF MRS. JOSEPH L. McNAB By Ethel L. Coe — Courtesy The Arts Club of Chicago son ; "Valley of the Silver Mine," by Dorothy V. Anderson; "Afternoon," by Jessie Benton Evans ; "Charcoal Steamers," by Robert Graf- ton; "California Rocks," by Edward J. PIol slag; "L'Apres-Midi," by Gerald A. Frank; "Matinee at Ravinia," by Frederic M. Grant; "Afternoon Sun," by Marie Blanke, and "Midsummer," by Margaret Baker, are each to be noted for particular merits. "Sweet William," realistic and gay, by Al- son Skinner Clark, was a surprise in flower painting. "Joy," by Ethel L. Coe ; "A Silvery Dell," an idyllic child picture by Adam Emory Albright ; "Glen-mere," by Joseph Elliott Col- burn ; "The Poplar," by Oliver Dennett Grover, and "October," by Charles Francis Brown, must be counted among the best works contributed by well known artists. Among the landscape painters the memor- able canvases "Winter," by Alfred Jansson; 132 THE ARTS CLUB OF CHICAGO THE GREEN COAT By Frank A. Werner PORTRAIT: MRS. NEWTON SMITH By Cecil Clark Davis — Courtesy The Arts Club of Chicago "A Morning in Spring," by Alfred Juergens; 'The Meadow Pool/' by Wilson Irvine ; "The Lagoon/' by H. Leon Roecker; "Golden Au- tumn/' by Joseph Reichmann; "Springtime/' by A. H. Schmidt; "Old Basin/' by Louis O. Griffith; "The Creek/' by Lucie Hartrath; "November/' by Conde Wilson Hickok ; "The Drinking Trough/' by Edward Ertz, and "Evenglow/' by Frank V. Dudley; "A Pine Tree/' by Allen Philbrick, and "When the Crickets Sing/' by Edmund P. Kellogg, indi- cated that the supporters of the Artists' Guild and the Chicago Society of Artists were not wanting in adding their strength to the pro- fessional background of the Arts Club. From abroad Carl N. Werntz sent "After the Camel Race, Biskra" ; Miss Katherine Wolcott, "Porthmeor Square, St. Ives"; George J. Seideneck, "The Goat Plerd of Calabria"; Anna Lynch, "Church Interior, St. Etienne, Paris"; Charles S. Dewey, "The Trendelen- berg," and Edmund S. Campbell, "Fountain, Alhambra," from his summer in Spain. Then we find noted on the catalogue an apprecia- tion for the canvases of F. M. Guthridge, O. Irwin Myers, Mary M. Wetmore, Ella Hough- telling Tanberg, Allen Swisher, Gertrude Spaller, and Lawrence Buck.. Nancy Cox McCormack's "Clay" and Erma G. Buck's portrait head were welcome sculpture addi- tions to the show. To anyone familiar with the personality of THE ARTS CLUB OF CHICAGO 133 INTERIOR OF THE GALLERIES — Courtesy The Arts CluT) of Chicago the art world which has created a local fame, the names repeated above are significant of the support given the Arts Club by those who are best qualified to make it a success. But few artists are missing. The portrait painters in particular do not always have canvases to lend and the recent formation of the club and the idea of a members' display gave little time for the assembly of important pictures. The twenty paintings by Charles W. Haw- thorne loaned by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Detroit Museum, . the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, the Albright Art Gal- lery, and by private collectors marks the cli- max of the season at the- Arts Club in its con- tribution of interest to the art world of Chi- cago. They are all valuable canvases pre- senting Mr. Hawthorne at his best and the painter himself has been a guest at the club. In this brief survey of aims and accom- plishments it will be seen that the Arts Club is not only filling a long felt want in our artistic life, but is creating new avenues for artistic expansion. Its exhibitions of the works of Mr. Sargent, Mr. Dearth, Mr. Henri, Mr. Sloan, Mr. Bellows and Mr. Hawthorne have presented interesting latter day phases of American genius. The professional members' gathering of works permitted laymen to meet the artists that were among them, the hanging of Mrs. Blair's rare collection where art lovers congregated at receptions and for the Friday teas, introduced the beautiful in the older arts on a familiar plane where the viewer could learn their charm, and so on, in a many sided way the Arts Club spirit is working out to- ward a socializing of the fine arts in Chicago creating an appreciation and promoting a growth of the professional class.